Saturday, January 16, 2010

And the winner is...

Tomorrow night is the Golden Globe Awards, which heralds the beginning of the entertainment industry's awards show season. Actors, directors, and writers from the world of movies and television will dress in their finest designer-donated apparel and practice looking happy for the other person if they don't win.

I'm a sucker for award shows. Even if I haven't seen hardly anything that is nominated (as is the case this year), I'm entertained by the spectacle of it all.

One thing I can't abide is a lame acceptance speech, especially when the person receiving the ward is a writer. If you're nominated, people, prepare a speech for crying out loud, and make it good!

Following is my criteria for a good acceptance speech:
  • It should be touching, humorous, or a little of both.

  • An affecting personal story (such as tales of rejection, hardship, humble beginnings, etc.) always helps.

  • Keep it brief. Don't make the band play you off.

  • Don't ramble off a long list of names to thank. BORING.

  • Don't say it was an honor just to be nominated.

  • Don't use the opportunity to make political statements. Attention: Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.

Recently, Mariah Carey accepted an award at the Palm Springs Film Festival for a supporting role in the film "Precious", while admittedly quite drunk. You may view a clip via the following link:

Although this is definitely an example of what not to do, without moments like this, I suppose award shows wouldn't be nearly as entertaining.


  1. I applaud you, Linda. I can't bare it. Watching people go through any kind of personal embarrassment is really, really painful for me to witness. I'm more likely to get up and leave the room.

  2. I agree with Tart. I can't listen to talk radio when people start calling in. ;)

  3. I have no problem watch people make fools of themselves. I'm with Linda on this one. Award shows can be really fun. I don't watch them because I don't have TV access. But I don't mind watching a few now and then on the internet or whatever, especially if something fun happens.

  4. I LOVE this post, Linda. I'm a little in between Donna and Arlene. I have a hard time watching personal embarrassment, but at the same time, when it's a celebrity, I can't turn away. Bring on the guilty pleasure!